Definition of knock on wood in English:

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knock on wood

Said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck: I haven’t been banned yet, knock on wood
With reference to the custom of touching something wooden to ward off bad luck
More example sentences
  • So far we have only had one trip to York District Hospital (fingers crossed, touch wood and spit for luck) after he ran head first into the fireplace and got a bruised lump roughly the size of a pickled egg on his noggin.
  • He would throw salt over his shoulder and knock on wood just for good luck, I didn't learn this until I lived with him.
  • I used direct deposit, it hasn't been a problem as of yet, knock on wood.
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